Teri Eaton of Gulfport has been appointed to Coast Electric’s board of directors after board member Gordon Lee resigned earlier this year. Lee served Coast Electric’s members as a board member for 38 years. Eaton was appointed to serve the remainder of Lee’s term.
Eaton is a State Farm agent, serving residents of the Gulf Coast since 1980. She is a graduate of William Carey University and a former teacher at St. John and D’Iberville high schools. As a State Farm agent, Eaton has received the designation Chartered Life Underwriter.
Besides her work with State Farm, Eaton is active in the community, working on projects that have raised more than $900,000 for Cystic Fibrosis. She has also chaired the Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign, raises funds for the Home of Grace and is active in her church.
“I’ve been a good neighbor and a Coast Electric member for 35 years,” said Eaton. I am excited to represent Harrison County members on the Coast Electric Board of Directors. While on the co-op’s advisory board several years ago, it became apparent that Coast Electric, as a member-owned cooperative, works very similar to State Farm Mutual Automobile Company – each are owned not by stockholders, but by the rural electric members or mutual auto company policyholders. My career with State Farm has already made me familiar with working with policyholders who are in fact ‘owners’ of the company. Serving my policyholders is a part of everyday life for me; serving Coast Electric members will be second nature since it’s what I do every day!”
“Teri is a welcomed addition to our board leadership,” said Coast Electric President and CEO Bob Occhi. “She serves many Coast Electric members already in her professional capacity and we know she will be a great advocate for them as part of our board.”